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Boxes for Katje by Candace Fleming
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Feb 25, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: realistic-fiction-k-8
Read in February, 2010

Author: Candace Fleming; Pictures: Stacey Dressen-McQueen; Grade: 1-3; (Print)
This is about a little girl named Katje from Holland, after the war when normal items and food was very limited and scarce. Katje is sent a package from an unknown pen pal from Indiana. She sends Katje socks, soap, and chocolate. The people of this Holland town are experiencing their own little depression, and the pen pal Rosie, along with other begin to send them many boxes filled with essentials and treats. The relationship blossoms, and Katje finally sends Rosie a box.

This is a good story about helping and being appreciative about the things you have. It also shows how people can be so kind to those whom they've never seen, but we tend to treat those in our own backyards with a lot of snobbishness. I would use this in grades 4 and 5 because they can understand the concept of helping those in need.

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Ch_jank-caporale Wow, you found some good ones this week. I teach this period but this is an area (the gift boxes from America) that I've skimmed over, but want to know more about. I've put this one on my to-read list, too.

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